It must be terrible, suddenly becoming a FIP (Formerly Important Person), and the more (formerly) important you were, the more terrible it is.
We see it happening every day when forgotten pop stars lose their minds and will do anything, including severe harm to themselves and to others, to get noticed again. The need to be quoted, photographed and listened to is apparently so compelling, that losing their lives or their freedom trying to become relevant again, seems to be a small price to pay.
Politicians are the same, only worse. Former pop stars can harm themselves and their loved ones, but politicians will harm a whole country – and the higher their former position, the greater the damage they will do, blindly, without a qualm.
It is unfortunately not uncommon for former politicians to be impeached once they leave office, for illegal acts performed during their public service. Those who are impeached or even found guilty of crimes or misconduct appear to be particularly ruthless in pursuing public attention at all costs, in an attempt to clean themselves of their tainted public image.
While pop stars may blame the world for their misfortune (including the audience that has betrayed them, their agents, various producers, music company executives, etc.), politicians will more often than not blame their successors for their FIP status, even if the successor played no role in their demise....